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Data Protection

Even after Paris: EU's planned blanket retention of air passenger data is 'wrong'

ImageAhead of an EU interior ministers meeting in Riga, German MEP Jan Philipp Albrecht tells DW that plans for blanket retention of passenger data are flawed and says we should invest less in computers and more in people.


Peanut allergy study appears to inhibit adverse reactions in four out of five children

It's as common as it is pernicious: an allergy to peanuts. But now researchers in Australia say they may have come up with a simple way to treat it. One warning: Do not try the therapy at home.

Planetary Science

NASA's New Horizons pictures of Pluto: 'This new class of planets'

With NASA's New Horizons spacecraft getting closer to Pluto to take ever clearer images of the icy dwarf planet, planetary expert Professor Andrew Coates tells DW what we can learn.


Apollo 15 command module pilot Alfred M. Worden: 'NASA took a step backwards'

He's one of a handful of men to have orbited the moon. Today, Alfred M. Worden says NASA's on the wrong track. He also tells DW why he likes the moon's dark side and what he wanted most - but didn't get - upon returning.


Data streams in from wasting Comet Chury

After the resounding success of the Rosetta mission, scientists continue analyzing data sent from comet Chury. Beyond discoveries about the origin of water on Earth, the structure of the comet has now come into focus.


Zero-gravity ablution: it's hard to maintain German-style personal hygiene in space

You'd think fixing a toilet on the International Space Station - as Russian astronauts did over the weekend - was bad enough. But even when things are working, personal hygiene in space is a complicated endeavor.


Planet hunting: the search for Earth-like worlds gains momentum

The recent discovery of Earth-like worlds, and a new planet-hunting telescope have given momentum to the search for other life in the universe. Some scientists say we will find new life very soon.


WHO agrees on contingency fund to speed up crisis reaction

The World Health Organization has said it will adopt a number of reforms, including creating a contingency fund to respond to crises. The moves come amid criticism of its slow response to the recent Ebola outbreak.


Large-scale Ebola vaccine trial to start in Liberia

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has announced that it's shipped the first doses of its Ebola vaccine to Liberia. The experimental vaccine will be administered along with another vaccine candidate in the first large-scale trials.

Infectious Diseases

Nigeria confirms H5N1 bird flu outbreak

An outbreak of the virulent H5N1 strain of avian influenza has been confirmed in Nigeria. Though not easily transmissable to humans, health experts fear the virus may jump the species barrier and cause a pandemic.


Médecins Sans Frontières slams pharmaceutical firms for high cost of vaccines

Ahead of a funding conference in Berlin, Médecins Sans Frontières has called on pharmaceutical firms to discount key vaccines, saying they are too expensive for developing countries.


WHO says bad lifestyle choices continue to kill millions annually

The World Health Organization has said that the number of people dying prematurely due to bad lifestyle habits is continuing to rise. It has called on national governments to take action to reverse the trend.


Bavarian medical 'breakthrough' with spider silk

Liquified spider silk extruded in a gel via a three-dimensional printer could soon be regenerating damaged human heart muscle and nerve cells, according to German researchers.

Infectious Diseases

German hospital gripped by outbreak of multiresistant bacteria

A team of experts has arrived in Kiel following an outbreak of a multiresistant pathogen at a university clinic. At this point, 27 patients have been infected with the strain. Eleven have died.


Childhood obesity: a link to mutated leptin hormones

A three-year-old child who weighs nearly 90 pounds? That's more than twice what he should. It's an extreme case that led researchers to find an unexpected connection between hormones and obesity.